Giving a final chance, the Union home ministry has decided to ask more than 11000 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit their applications afresh for the renewal of FCRA licence.
“We are sending emails and in case mobile number is available, SMS to all these NGOs to provide the home ministry necessary documents with complete application to get their registration, granted under the Foreign Contribution Registration Act (FCRA), renewed,” said a senior home ministry official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
A total of 11,319 NGOs lost their foreign funding licence as they failed to renew their registration within stipulated deadline of June 30 this year.
After the Centre’s decision to cancel registration of these NGOs, the number of outfits permitted to receive foreign funding has come down to around 19,000. Till two years ago, the country had around 42,500 FCRA-registered NGOs.